Some other types of NTM include:
How Do You Get NTM?
NTM bacteria are common in the environment. People can come into contact with the bacteria through simple, daily activities, such as showering or gardening.
The bacteria can be found in places such as:
tubs and showers
Mist from the water
used to wash dishes
Soil from parks, gardens,
One study across 25 states showed that NTM bacteria were found in nearly 8 out of 10 water samples.
How To recognize the symptoms
The symptoms of NTM lung disease are similar to other lung conditions. So similar, in fact, that NTM is sometimes misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Many people have symptoms but may think it’s due to a lung condition they already have. People can have NTM for months, sometimes years, without knowing it.
If you live with a lung condition, like bronchiectasis, COPD, or asthma, you know what your symptoms typically feel like. So how can you tell if it’s NTM and not just your current lung condition acting up?
Well, the truth is, it’s very difficult. However, NTM lung disease has key symptoms that often get worse over time and don’t go away. For example, your cough can get worse, you can feel out of breath easily, and you can feel tired often—like your “get up and go” got up and went. These symptoms could be a sign that you have NTM lung disease. You may notice these symptoms come and go. You may have them every day. Each case of NTM is different.
If these sound like you, talk to your doctor about whether or not you should get tested for NTM lung disease.
If you have a lung condition, NTM bacteria can aggravate it. This can cause harm to your lungs over time. Worsening symptoms may also be a sign that you have an NTM infection. That’s why it’s important to get checked by your doctor if you feel your symptoms are not going away or are getting worse.
If you have BRONCHIECTASIS
and NTM: Your symptoms, like a cough, may get worse, and you could find yourself using airway clearance techniques more often
If you have
COPD and NTM: You may experience more flare-ups, difficulty breathing, and have a harder time catching your breath
If you have
ASTHMA and NTM: You may experience more flare-ups and have a much harder time catching your breath